StateScoop – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Friday making the state's Department of Innovation and Technology a permanent part of the state government.
The department, which Rauner created via executive order in 2016, was solidified after the state legislature unanimously passed the Department of Innovation and Technology Act. The act also codifies the state's chief information security officer position, a role held by Chris Hill, and creates a secretary position for the department, which is now being held in an acting capacity by Kirk Lonbom, the state's chief information officer.
"Today we take another important step in providing higher quality services to the people of Illinois and more value for taxpayers and a safer more secure government for the people of our state," Rauner, a Republican running for re-election, said at the signing held on the sixth floor of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.
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